Cosmetology License Requirements

A cosmetologist is an individual who renders or offers to render cosmetology services.

Cosmetology services means 1 of the following services, or a combination of the following services:

  • hair care services
  • skin care services
  • manicuring services
  • electrology (cosmetologists must be separately licensed as an electrologist to render, or offer to render electrology services)

To become licensed as a cosmetologist an individual must be at least 17 years of age, be of good moral character, have an education equivalent to the completion of the ninth grade, have completed either not less than 1,500-hour course study in a licensed school of cosmetology, or have served as an apprentice for not less than 2 years in a licensed cosmetology establishment in which hair care services, skin care services and manicuring services are offered and have successfully passed an examination prescribed by the board and the department.